The way children and young people are taught has changed out of all recognition from when I attended school. Yet I think it is also about to change again if cloud computing gets a foothold into schools and other educational establishments.
But are there any benefits?
Well according to a number of experts the answer to that question is a resounding yes. To start with, they consider it offers schools and others a low cost option for using high concept computing systems. All that’s needed is an internet connection, which is now in itself very low cost.
Following on from this the very fact it is low cost can only be a good thing for schools, colleges and universities, not to mention local authorities who are strapped for cash.
Cloud also has another benefit in which students and teachers can share their work without having to worry about using up paper. The latter is a scarce resource so until they can find a way of being able to manufacture the product without it causing long lasting environmental damage, using paper is no longer a viable way to educate. It is costly in many ways.
Related to this, using cloud in underdeveloped or emerging countries is a very useful way of being able to teach children who ordinarily would not be able to access education.
What’s more, cloud can replace the need for licensing of software whether in a home country or abroad.
All in all, I think education and the cloud could be said to be made for each other.